Posted by: missionventureministries | June 15, 2015


Ephesians 4 vs 1

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” (Ephesians 4:1)   

The Christian’s call in Christ is a high calling. Since we are encouraged to walk in a manner worthy of this calling, it behooves us to make careful study of it, lest our lifestyle bring reproach to the One who has called us.  

First, the calling is “of God” and is irrevocable (Romans 11:29). We are called “by His grace” (Galatians 1:15) and “into the grace of Christ” (Galatians 1:6). We are called “out of darkness” and “into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Furthermore, we are “called to be saints” (Romans 1:7). He has “called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace” (2 Timothy 1:9). We are “partakers of the heavenly calling” (Hebrews 3:1), and in response, we should “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). 

The New Testament writers mention many things to which we are called. We are “called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). We are “called unto liberty” (Galatians 5:13) and are now free to “serve one another,” even though it means accepting the call to suffering. “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (1 Peter 2:21). The “eternal life, to which you were also called” may not come easily, for it involves the “good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). We are called “to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3), even “his eternal glory by Christ Jesus” (1 Peter 5:10), for we as true born again Christians are “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). Therefore, “Be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble” (2 Peter 1:10).   

We are commanded to: “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33) 

Jesus often exposed the Pharisees for their hypocritical attitude and lifestyles since they considered themselves quite “religious” in their behavior, however, “everything they do is done for people to see” (Matthew 23:5) and not for the glory of God. Jesus and John the Baptist called the Pharisees and teachers of the law hypocrites, serpents and a brood of vipers. 

The Lord’s warning in Matthew 6:33 was given to focus His followers beyond the “ordinary” desires and needs of their physical existence. We are expected to “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). And when we are rightly focused, “all these other things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). 

We become “slaves” of those things that we “obey.” We obey that which we have “yielded” ourselves to (Romans 6:16). It is not possible to “serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24). Our physical bodies can either become “instruments” (weapons) of ungodliness or of righteousness (Romans 6:13). Therefore, we either “walk” after the Spirit or after the flesh (Romans 8:4). 

We are to persistently pursue godliness: “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness” (1 Timothy 6:11). When we are truly born again our “new man” longs for righteousness, and we consciously yield ourselves to seek and serve God’s kingdom, because “with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin”. Therefore, “thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25) 

We must never become slack in our diligence, because “let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall”  (1 Corinthians 10:12).


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